Your morning jolt: John Barrow gets a nod from the U.S. Chamber

Some interesting calculations are being made at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Republican-oriented business group is launching TV ads in U.S. Senate races in four states, and targeting 17 House contests across the country. According to the Associated Press, the multi-million dollar buy hits Democratic incumbents over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and the administration’s energy policies.

The only Democrat getting a boost from the chamber is U.S. Rep. John Barrow, now of Augusta:


Speaking of the endangered political center, after his defeat last night, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., issued two statements. One was a dab of pablum that thanked Indiana voters, etc. The other amounted to an indictment of a polarized political process. From the Evansville, Ind., Courier Press:

The truth is that the headwinds in this race were abundantly apparent long before Richard Mourdock announced his candidacy. One does not highlight such headwinds publically when one is waging a campaign. But I knew that I would face an extremely strong anti-incumbent mood following a recession. I knew that my work with then-Senator Barack Obama would be used against me, even if our relationship were overhyped. I also knew from the races in 2010 that I was a likely target of Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and other Super Pacs dedicated to defeating at least one Republican as a purification exercise to enhance their influence over other Republican legislators.

We undertook this campaign soberly and we worked very hard in 2010, 2011, and 2012 to overcome these challenges. There never was a moment when my campaign took anything for granted. This is why we put so much effort into our get out the vote operations.

Ultimately, the re-election of an incumbent to Congress usually comes down to whether voters agree with the positions the incumbent has taken. I knew that I had cast recent votes that would be unpopular with some Republicans and that would be targeted by outside groups.

These included my votes for the TARP program, for government support of the auto industry, for the START Treaty, and for the confirmations of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. I also advanced several propositions that were considered heretical by some, including the thought that Congressional earmarks saved no money and turned spending power over to unelected bureaucrats and that the country should explore options for immigration reform.

It was apparent that these positions would be attacked in a Republican primary. But I believe that they were the right votes for the country, and I stand by them without regrets, as I have throughout the campaign….

If Mr. [Richard] Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party. His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook. He has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.

This is not conducive to problem solving and governance. And he will find that unless he modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator. Worse, he will help delay solutions that are totally beyond the capacity of partisan majorities to achieve. The most consequential of these is stabilizing and reversing the Federal debt in an era when millions of baby boomers are retiring. There is little likelihood that either party will be able to impose their favored budget solutions on the other without some degree of compromise.

On NBC’s “Tonight Show,” former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained why he placed his endorsement of Mitt Romney, his party’s presumptive nominee, in the 13th paragraph of a note to supporters:

Former GOP presidential candidate and congresswoman Michele Bachmann is now a citizen of Switzerland, the Associated Press reports:

Bachmann’s spokeswoman Becky Rogness says the congresswoman has been eligible for dual citizenship since she married her husband of Swiss descent in 1978. Rogness [said] that some of the couple’s children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual citizenship, so they went through the process as a family.

Global Atlanta reports that Gov. Nathan Deal will be stepping out for some Turkish food over Memorial Day weekend.

The governor will lead a delegation that includes many state government heavyweights: Secretary of State Brian Kemp; Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black; Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia; Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; and Curtis Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. Trip dates are May 25 through June 2.

The Atlanta Tea Party and PeachPundit this week announced the creation of a non-scientific straw poll on the one-cent sales tax for transportation. Given the sponsorship, you might have anticipated something different – but so far, 52.73 percent of the votes have been in support of the measure.

The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at the link drawn by the Georgia Family Council between crime and casinos.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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18 comments Add your comment

Danny O

May 9th, 2012
9:44 am

Looks like Barrow is getting something out of voting against ObamaCare.

Mrs. Bachmann better keep an eye on hubby. Registered same sex partnerships have all the rights of marriage in Switzerland.

Georgia Voter

May 9th, 2012
9:44 am

I was disappointed to see Senator Lugar lose the primary. He was one of the Republicans who has not totally submitted to the crazy atmosphere we have today. Many times, he voted the way he thought was best for our country, not just the fanatical right-wing agenda.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 9th, 2012
9:49 am

Lugar was not a moderate republican, but for his work in stopping WMD’s (actual WMD’s not phantom Iraqi WMD’s) he is to be commended. It is only logical that now he is the Emmanuel Goldstein of the Party.

You can tell because all of the Party Aparatick’s here were doing their 5 minute hate on him yesterday. I, for one, can’t feel sympathy with a Republican who hasn’t resigned by now.

But what I can say is that it gets harder and harder for Moderate Cows to say, “But…but…but…but…” (breathes in a paper bag) “there are good people on BOTH sides.”

If by good you mean haven’t burned dogs alive or put kittens in microwaves, sure….probably….actually with the latest crop of contards I’m not so sure….


May 9th, 2012
9:55 am

Again, those mean spirited and with hatred in their hearts have been allowed to control the debate. The sensible types are always sacrificed. In the end the mean spirited type will pay for their actions.

Whether they want to accept it or not. It’s God Will that Barack Hussein Obama is President of the United States of America!!!

History Will Teach Us if We Will Learn

May 9th, 2012
10:02 am

Partisanship does not make for independent thinking. Its true for politics, religion, and college football. History likely will take a more balanced view of Luger’s role as a statesman and pragmatic leader in the Senate.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 9th, 2012
10:12 am

Washington was right when he told us to beware of political parties.

Having said that, if your thinking is truly independent, you are capable of understanding when you are being ‘reframed’ by a concerted effort of the media. If you always simply choose ‘the center’ then you are NOT independent. Not in the slightest.


May 9th, 2012
10:23 am

Before he went to the Senate 40 years ago, Dick Lugar was President Nixon’s favorite mayor when he was Mayor of Indianapolis. He was a strong statesman in the Senate for four decades. Sadly, Eisenhower, Nixon (who was a pretty good president til he tripped over Watergate), Ford, Reagan and Bush 41 would all be unacceptable to the jihadist wing of the current GOP.

DJ Sniper

May 9th, 2012
10:25 am

It’s a damn shame when working with the other side for a reasonable compromise is considered a bad thing. Have people not learned anything from the 2010 elections about how retarded these TP people can be?

Marlboro Man

May 9th, 2012
10:54 am

Traffic kills, vote for improvements.


May 9th, 2012
11:15 am

My un-scientific poll found 52.73 percent of Georgia voters are lemmings

Auntie Christ

May 9th, 2012
11:16 am

michelle bachmann has now embraced the socialist European State of Switzerland, with its socialist policy of government health care, government pensions, guaranteed incomes for all, and no standing army. Why do michelle bachmann and her conservative supporters hate America?


May 9th, 2012
11:19 am

Proof the tea party does not understand the intent of the founding fathers
The hot heads were to be in the house
The sane moderates in the senate to temper the radicals
Too bad the only parts of the revolutionary period they care for are costumes and flags


May 9th, 2012
11:28 am

Aunti, they have a standing Army, which guards the Pope


May 9th, 2012
11:46 am

Statesman are hard to find.Either party.Indiana the loser.

Taipei Personality

May 9th, 2012
12:02 pm

findog, the Constitution originally stated that Senators were to be appointed by their respective state legislatures. In no way did this ensure that they were moderates. That only happened after the passing of the 17th Amendment in 1913, which did have a moderating effect because now those offices were voted on statewide, and in most states the statewide political spectrum is much more balanced than in individual congressional districts.

The political balance of the Senate before these past 100 years would have been that it would have been much more at the whims of state-level political winds. The state legislatures would have picked candidates that were staunch supporters of the state’s interests at the national level.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

May 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, Sam Nunn, the world, etc don’t get it. We are at a moment in history when compromising has become antithetical to freedom, the Bill of Rights, and the American view of Law. And should these be compromised, life itself will have become meaningless.

To make a long story short, Politicians in Washington and around the world are telling us in no uncertain terms that they have positioned themselves via the perverted New World Order, in such a way that Americans must compromise their view of government to become compatible with socialism, atheism, or have no functional government at all.

It is equivalent to perverts planning, kidnapping a young American virgin and taking her to a secluded place. He demands that she engage in an assortment of sexual perversions or she will be left alone bound hand and feet to die. Richard Lugar, Sam Nunn, the world, etc reason that given the position the young virgin finds herself in, it is reasonable or acceptable to comprise with him than to hold fast and fight to maintain her morals.

Forget about it. The perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions will never force Americans to comprise the American View of government as envisioned by our founding fathers. And if they decide to violently or otherwise impose their perverted ways upon us, we are prepared to resist all advances, by any means necessary, so help us God.



May 9th, 2012
1:31 pm

Excuse me Taipei
Read the federalist papers
The intent of the founding fathers…

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